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How to hand off your old iPhone to family or friends

You’ve just pre-ordered your new iPhone, and you’re wondering what to do with the old one. Selling it is a pain, and the trade-in prices on your two-year-old model are too low to bother with. So how about handing that old iPhone off to a family member, or a friend? But before you just switch it off …

iPhone

Your Digital Banking Alternative

Multi-currency accounts<p>Hold, transfer and exchange your money in USD and 25 other foreign currencies with the real exchange rate.<p>Free international …

Forex

Apple Watch Series 4 in pictures: Take a look at Apple's heart-monitoring wearable

James Martin

WatchOS 5 comes to all Apple Watches Sept. 17

Even if you don't get the Apple Watch Series 4, your current Apple Watch will still feel new.<p>That's because Apple is releasing its latest Apple Watch software update, WatchOS 5, on Sept. 17. Apple revealed the launch date for WatchOS 5 at its event on Sept. 12.<p>Apple unveiled WatchOS 5 at its WWDC …

Apple Watch

Dual-SIM and eSIM technology in iPhone Xs and iPhone XR enables use of two phone plans on one device

By<p>Apple is enabling users of the iPhone XS to take advantage of eSIM technology to set up two carrier connections, allowing customers to use …

Mobile Devices

Apple adds EKG monitoring to new Watch 4

Apple brings new heart rate monitoring features to its Watch 4 including new detection tools for irregular heart rhythms.

Heart Rates

Apple Watch Series 4 includes a bigger display and a built-in EKG scanner

Apple is unveiling its Apple Watch Series 4 line of smartwatches today. It’s the first major design overhaul of the Watch since its debut more than three years ago, and the changes are immediately obvious. The Watch’s screen now goes nearly edge to edge, thanks to a larger display with rounded …

Apple Watch

Live blog: Apple unveils its biggest iPhone lineup ever

Apple’s most anticipated keynote of 2018 is finally here and thanks to a bevy of leaks, it might be short on surprises.<p>Details about the entire 2018 iPhone lineup have already surfaced online, even as Tim Cook and the gang get set to take the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater this morning.<p>Will Apple …

Apple Watch

New iPhone XS and huge 6.5-inch XS Max announced

Dual SIM support, improved cameras, and a 512GB option<p>Apple has announced its next generation of iPhones, and one of them is by far the biggest iPhone yet. The two new models are called the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. They look almost identical to their predecessor, but there are two immediate …

Apple

Here’s how British Airways was hacked, according to researchers

In only 22 lines of code, hackers took on the UK's largest airline and stole data from up to 380,000 people.<p>But the hackers behind British Airways' data breach left behind a trail of evidence showing just how the major airliner had suffered its cyberattack, said researchers from cybersecurity firm …

British Airways

Apple Accidentally 'Confirms' New iPhone Details [Updated]

<i>Update: Apple has now compounded its error by leaking the names of its new iPhones on its website sitemap. These were spotted by AllThings.How and remove all doubt about what Apple will announce in just a few hours.</i><p>Tomorrow Apple will launch its biggest iPhone overhaul in generations and it will …

Apple

Comment: The Apple Watch Series 4 is going to take the wearable mainstream

In my last Apple Watch Diary piece, I said that there were two things which might sell me on the idea of upgrading from my Series 3 to the upcoming Series 4. One was a more responsive Siri, but the bigger one was more data on the screen.<p>Apple may allow more characters in text fields, to display …

Smartwatches

Is the Xiaomi Mi 8X on for September 15?

When rumors for the bezel-crunching Mi MIX 3, initial rumors placed a launch date for some time in September — this rumor got conflated with a …

Xiaomi

Apple dominates global wearables sales with only one product

We already know that Apple sells more smartwatches than everyone else. But there are other types of wearable computers. Do companies sell enough of these other types to overtake the Apple Watch? In a word…Nope.<p>But the second largest wearable maker might surprise you. Especially considering how …

Smartwatches

Want a smart home? Start with your lights

If you are just starting to dip your toe into upgrading your home to a smart home, the easiest place to start is with lighting.<p>Switching out a lightbulb requires so little time and effort, but can make a huge difference in how you interact with your home.<p>It's Lighting Week and we're exploring the …

Smart Homes

This popular wire-free home security camera lasts for 2 years before you need to change the batteries

If you want a truly wireless camera system that is as hassle-free as it can possibly be, there’s really only one system you should even bother …

Home Security

Huawei beats its own phone to the punch with the Mate 20 Lite

Never one to shy away from baffling decisions, Huawei has launched pared-back Lite version of its Mate 20 phone -- before it's actually unveiled the proper Mate 20.<p>The Mate 20 Lite has a decent lineup of specs for a midrange handset. Beyond the 2,340x1,080-pixel 6.3-inch display, the phone packs a …

Mobile Technology

ZTE Axon 9 Pro hands-on review

It has been a very tough year for Chinese telecommunications giant and smartphone manufacturer ZTE. We’re not going to rehash the specifics of the …

Central Nervous System

For the first time ever, Apple’s most exciting new product of the year isn’t an iPhone

Apple’s “fall event” takes place in late summer each year, so it remains a mystery why it’s referred to as a “fall event.” What never remains a …

Apple

Thousands Of Stores Will Soon Use Facial Recognition, And They Won't Need Your Consent

Getty Images/Gece33<p>Retailers are turning to facial recognition software to identify potential thieves by comparing scanned images of shoppers’ faces …

Customers

Google location tracking: Turn it off for real

Google is watching you. That's what everyone says half-jokingly about the search giant, which has often been accused of Big Brother-style monitoring of your searches, voice activity and location.<p>Now it appears that even if you manually disable Google Location History, Google Maps and other apps may …

Revolut to launch a commission-free trading service

Revolut is a bit of a weird one. It emerged at the same time as the rest of the UK’s app-based challenger banks, like Monzo and Starling Bank, but has tread a completely different path.<p>Unlike its biggest rivals, Revolut has fingers in a lot of pies. Beyond its current account offerings, it also …

Stock Markets

The End Of Passwords? This Bracelet Unlocks Computers And Doors With Your Heartbeat

Bionym’s Nymi offers a glimpse of the future of wearable biometric authentication.<p>This much we can all agree on: Passwords suck.<p>With that in mind, companies are hard at work developing other forms of user-friendly authentication. Fingerprinting is already being used to unlock iPhones and the PayPal …

Digital addiction is catching - and I'm as guilty as they come

Tonight, we are holding a family summit at Woods Towers before we jet off on holiday to Croatia in the morning. The main item on the agenda will be the controversial issue of screen time, which has felictiously just hit the headlines with horror stories about our collective addiction.<p>Incidentally, …

Texas Man Says Apple Watch Alerted Him to Dangerous Heart Condition

The Apple Watch has already proven itself to be a helpful life-saving aid, but reports of the wearable alerting users to dangerous conditions keep …

After dark, drone is 'best friend a firefighter could have'

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Kale Casey almost can't believe what a metal bird 5 feet long, weighing 44 pounds with wings spanning 10 feet, can do to help fight a wildfire.<p>"For eight hours a night, without getting tired, without needing a meal ... scanning the landscape, mapping, searching for …

BW Space underwater drone goes autonomous to track divers

It was just last year that Youcan Robot successfully crowdfunded its remote-control BlueWater 1 (BW1) underwater drone. Now, the Chinese startup is …

Huawei Just Launched A 7-Inch Monster Phablet

Image: Huawei<p>How big is <i>too</i> big when it comes to a smartphone? A few years ago, some people (iPhone users, mainly) would have said anything over four …

Google Maps for iPhone just got a brand new feature we’ve been dying for since I/O

Google just updated the iPhone Google Maps application, bringing to iOS a brand new feature that might change the way you eat out. Called “match,” …